Petitions for review were recently filed in two significant class action cases. First, on November 22, review was sought in Bennett v. Regents of the University of California, ___ Cal.App.4th ___ (Sept. 21, 2005). As I previously reported, this case represents an alarming expansion of the rules governing merits determinations at the class certification stage. The Court of Appeal denied a petition for rehearing and depublication request on November 1. The Supreme Court docket is here.
The second case in which review has been sought is Fireside Bank v. Superior Court, ___ Cal.App.4th ___ (Oct. 21, 2005) (petition for review filed Nov. 29, 2005). As explained in my prior post on the decision, Fireside Bank is the first case in many years to address so-called "one-way intervention" in class action litigation. It is no surprise that review is being sought. Here is a link to the docket.
It will be quite interesting to see what the Supreme Court does with these cases.